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Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The purpose of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) update is to identify land and buildings in the city with potential for housing development for the 2016-2031 period and to identify and assess limits to delivery.

Further information

What is the purpose of the assessment?

The main role of the assessment is to:

  • Identify sites and broad locations with potential for housing development
  • Assess their development potential
  • Assess their suitability for development and the likelihood of development coming forward (availability and achievability).

It should be noted that whilst the SHLAA is an important evidence base to inform plan making, it does not in itself determine whether or not a site should be granted planning permission or allocated for housing development. The assessment will technically assess as many options as possible for accommodating residential development, but it is for the Local plan to select the sites that would meet needs and best deliver the spatial vision and meet spatial objectives, by drawing upon the SHLAA and other evidence.

Please note

The SHLAA is not a decision making document and it does not allocate land for housing. The judgement over the suitability of a site for housing in the SHLAA does not in any way impact the determination of any future planning application on that site.

View SHLAA boundaries

The boundaries of the SHLAA sites can be found on our mapping system on the link below. You will need to click on the quick link 'View maps of the city on our web mapping system'. The SHLAA sites mapping can be found under the 'Planning' heading on the left of the mapping system.

The SHLAA has been produced in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (2012) and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) (2014). The Housing Market Area (HMA) wide Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment Methodology Paper (2016) sets out how SHLAA’s across Leicestershire will be carried out in line with the national guidance. 

You can find the SHLAA 2016 update, SHLAA site summary and Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment Methodology Paper - 2016 documents below.